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The Illustrated Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
December 10, 2002 12:12 AM   Subscribe

The Illustrated Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. An exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Stunning illustrations of world-class poetry. 'nuff said.
posted by condour75 (11 comments total)

 
Great site. . . .AND. . . .well I am reminded of the Rocky and Bullwinkle plotline of the Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam. . .sorry!
posted by Danf at 7:19 AM on December 10, 2002


Very nice, condour75!
posted by languagehat at 8:57 AM on December 10, 2002


Beautiful. Thank you. I'd buy a copy if they were available (are they?).
posted by beth at 10:44 AM on December 10, 2002


glad you all like! Beth: I looked on Amazon for this book, and didn't see it. So, I looked a little harder and found one at ebay, via sotheby's. The price is a bit steep though.
posted by condour75 at 11:41 AM on December 10, 2002


Wonderful link!

For those interested in more art associated with the Rubaiyat, there's a very interesting edition that contains a selection of the author's favorite illustrations from classic English editions. She also went through Fitzgerald's many translations and selected the "best" of them stanza by stanza to create a hybrid version. (Some of the Dulac illustrations may be viewed at dubious resolution at this self link.)
posted by blissbat at 12:15 PM on December 10, 2002


I am reminded of the Rocky and Bullwinkle plotline of the Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam

The first thing I thought of was the mayor's wife in The Music Man: "The Ruby Hat of Omar Khay...yi...yi...I am appalled!"

These are absolutely gorgeous--I love this one. I like the idea that we're writing about internet representations of drawings of imaginary reliefs that themselves are illustrations of poems that represent ideas about life...it's all very meta.
posted by hippugeek at 1:58 PM on December 10, 2002


[this is good]
posted by madamjujujive at 4:14 PM on December 10, 2002


Some of you poetry fiends are now wondering, ...but can I look at Blake's illuminated books somewhere?... Heck yeah!
posted by Zurishaddai at 5:31 PM on December 10, 2002


gorgeous stuff...thanks!
posted by amberglow at 6:03 PM on December 10, 2002


Flowers from your lips, condour75...

A few more Vedder images here. (I love "Listening to the Sphinx".)
posted by taz at 11:34 PM on December 10, 2002


Don't forget Edward J. Sullivan.
posted by y2karl at 8:20 AM on December 12, 2002


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